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November Analyst Call: Transcript and Recording

Please reach out if you haven’t received the slides yet, or would like a PDF copy of the November Report. (The first portion of the call with Larry highlighting high level trends unfortunately didn’t record due to internet outage; however, we’ve attached the slides for reference)     Steven: All right, so this chart on …

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As concerns over crypto credit bubble mount, miners appear to be particularly at risk

The market for digital asset loans is growing at a fast clip, and experts say pockets of risk are starting to emerge.  Genesis Global Trading, which has operated a crypto lending division since 2018, saw quarterly loan originations increase from $200 million in the second quarter of 2018 to $870 million in the third quarter …

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UK crypto payments firm to shut down due to new EU anti-money laundering guideline

Three months after raising a $2 million seed round, cryptocurrency payments startup Bottle Pay announced on Friday it is shutting down due to regulatory pressure from the European Union (EU).  In a blog post, the UK-based firm said it will cease operating on Dec. 31 at 13:00 GMT due to concerns over EU’s 5th Anti-Money-Laundering-Directive …

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NYAG continues pushing for its case against Bitfinex, calling its argument “forfeited and meritless”

The New York Attorney General (NYAG) recently filed a strongly worded brief to the Supreme Court of the State of New York, arguing in detail why it has authority to investigate Bitfinex and calling their appeal arguments “backward,” “forfeited,” and “meritless.” Previously, Bitfinex has attempted two failed court appeals to halt the investigation. In the …

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Hacker steals $6.7 million worth of tokens from VeChain Foundation

VeChain Foundation, the nonprofit behind the construction of the VeChain public blockchain platform, has announced that their buyback address was compromised at 12:27 pm ET on Friday. 1.1 billion VET tokens, which amounts to approximately $6.7 million, were transferred to the address 0xD802A148f38aBa4759879c33E8d04deb00cFB92b. The company believes that the hack was the result of human oversight …

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QuadrigaCX creditors request proof of the exchange CEO’s death

Some QuadrigaCX users affected by the exchange’s sudden shutdown are now asking the police to confirm that the CEO is indeed dead.  In a letter submitted to the Royal Candian Mounted Police, the law firm representing QuadrigaCX creditors asked the law enforcement agency to conduct an exhumation and post-mortem autopsy on the body of Gerald …

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A look at the geographical distribution of Bitcoin and Ethereum listening nodes

They embody the verify don’t trust ethos of cryptocurrency.  Non-mining nodes are software that confirm the rules of the network, allowing users to validate transactions. Don’t trust that your bitcoin purchase on a wallet is legitimate? A node can verify. They also allow crypto holders share block data with other users. Still, tracking the exact number of nodes …

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A toast to the decade ahead

Wanted to try something a little different this week, so bear with me.   I’ve always viewed these columns as a great way for the authors here at The Block to help inject some of their personality into their weekly takes and content, and just maybe, connect with some of our subscribers on a more …

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The Scoop Live: Fidelity Digital Assets President, Tom Jessop

Episode 33 of The Scoop was recorded live at The Block’s headquarters in NYC with Frank Chaparro and Tom Jessop, President of Fidelity Digital Assets. Listen below, and subscribe to The Scoop on Apple, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Email feedback and revision requests to [email protected]  Tom Jessop is the President of Fidelity …

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Swiss government is in favor of wholesale digital currency, but not retail

The government of Switzerland is not keen on issuing a digital currency for retail use but sees some benefits of a wholesale digital currency. “Universally accessible central bank digital currency would bring no additional benefits for Switzerland at present,” the country’s cabinet said at a meeting on Friday. It added that creating a digital currency …

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[SPONSORED] Video: iExec Solves the Blockchain Application Scalability Problem with V4 Upgrade

⏯ Watch the iExec V4 launch video! iExec is the decentralized marketplace for cloud computing resources where users can monetize their computing power, applications, and datasets. Today, iExec released its fourth product version: iExec V4, solving the scalability problem of blockchain applications and introducing transactions with zero fees.  iExec V4: Easier, Cheaper, Faster and More …

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Blockchain project Lisk’s unit Lightcurve lays off 40% of staff to become ‘more agile again’

Blockchain project Lightcurve, a part of open-source blockchain platform Lisk, has cut nearly 40% of its workforce. Announcing the news on chat app Discord earlier this week, Lisk co-founder and CEO, Max Kordek, said that Lightcurve had to let go of 21 of its 53 employees to cut costs. Kordek confirmed the news to The …

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Ripple’s XRP payment solution helps save customers up to 80% in remittance fees, says SendFriend CEO

Money transfer firm SendFriend, which utilizes Ripple’s XRP payment solution, claims to help customers save up to 80% in remittance fees. “Companies like Western Union can charge up to 10% to service a payment—we can get it done for 2%,” said David Lighton,  co-founder and CEO of SendFriend, at a conference on Thursday. Lighton explained …

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Bitfinex now using compliance tool from Chainalysis to keep ‘bad actors off’ its platform

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has integrated a compliance tool from blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis to monitor cryptocurrency transactions in “real-time.” Announced Thursday, Chainalysis said its “Know Your Transaction (KYT)” compliance software will help Bitfinex monitor large volumes of cryptocurrency activity and identify high-risk transactions on a continuous basis. This, in turn, will help the exchange to …

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Facing regulatory pressure, Chinese exchanges want to establish legitimacy by cozying up with one local government

As cryptocurrency businesses in China toe the government line amidst a new wave of regulatory clampdown, a tourist hot spot has gradually become the new crypto heaven. Hainan, an island province that is less known for its economic prowess and more as China’s Hawaii, has convinced two major cryptocurrency exchanges, Huobi and OKCoin, to set …

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